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Second-half report

16 April 2013

Latics take another stride towards safety

Latics took another giant stride towards npower League One safety with victory against Yeovil Town at Boundary Park. 

More important than the family rivalry between managers Lee and Gary Johnson were the three valuable points picked up by Latics.

Matt Smith's first-half goal was all that separated the sides as lowly Latics defeated high-flying Yeovil.

Latics, 1-0 ahead at the break, consolidated their lead in the second period.

It was a half of hardly any scoring opportunities as each side cancelled out the other.

Yeovil made one change at the break and their final two with 20 minutes left in a bid to keep alive their hopes of a top-two finish having already secured their promotion play-off spot.

Paddy Madden, the Glovers' 23-goal top scorer, hardly had a look in. And when he tried a drive from 25-yards, it flew straight to keeper Dean Bouzanis.

Latics made their first change with 12 minutes left when Smith was replaced by Kirk Millar.

That was soon followed by Bobby Reid taking over from Lee Croft as Latics looked for fresh legs and energy in the dying minutes.

There was a let off for Latics in the 85th minute when Yeovil substitute Vitalijs Maksimenko failed to hit the target with a free header from a free kick.

Full-time: Latics 1, Yeovil Town 0.

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